BAKU: No Alternative To Peaceful Settlement Of Karabakh Conflict: CS

Aug 6 2009

Last year’s events in the Caucasus demonstrated that there is no
alternative to a peaceful settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict,
Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) Secretary General
Nikolai Bordyuzha said at a news conference.

CSTO comprises Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia,
Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

"There is no alternative to a peaceful settlement of the
Nagorno-Karabakh conflict and what happened a year ago in the Caucasus
once again confirms that the use of force does not lead to resolution
of any conflict between nations. Only a peaceful and mutually
acceptable solutions can help ensure peace in the Caucasus," he said.

Replying to a question what reaction CSTO will have if Azerbaijan tries
to return Karabakh by force and there is a war between Armenia and
Azerbaijan, Bordyuzha recalled that the CSTO is "based on the Treaty
on Collective Security fourth article of which says that aggression
against one of CSTO member-states is seen as aggression against all."

"On this basis, all the rest are words in such a difficult situation as
the settlement of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict that are only harmful,
not beneficial.. I very much hope that the OSCE Minsk Group and the
meeting between presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan will lead to a
peaceful settlement."

"Today all points to this. Especially the last meetings of Russian,
Armenian and Azerbaijani presidents which took place in Moscow and
St. Petersburg confirmed only that the process is underway and each
side is ready to seek a peaceful resolution of the problem that exists
in Nagorno-Karabakh," he said.

Recently, representatives of the OSCE Minsk Group which includes
Russia, the United States and France, who mediated in settlement of
the Karabakh conflict, said that the process has reached a progress
and that they hoped to reach an agreement to settle the conflict in
early 2010.

On July 10, at G8 summit in Italy, the presidents of Russia, the United
States and France issued a joint statement on the Nagorno-Karabakh

According to the document, these three countries will present an update
of the latest proposals on Nagorno-Karabakh in Baku and Yerevan. These
principles include determining status of Karabakh by free will, the
land link between Nagorno-Karabakh and Armenia, providing security
guarantees and withdrawal of troops from the territories controlled.